Sept. 19, 2006
The Ferris State University women's soccer squad exploded for a decisive 11-1 victory over Northwood in its 2006 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) opener held last Wednesday (Sept. 13) afternoon at the FSU Soccer Field in Big Rapids, Mich.

The Bulldogs took a 3-0 lead at halftime before notching eight goals in the final period to improve to 5-2 overall and 1-0 in the GLIAC.

Ferris recorded new school single-game records for goals (11), assists (nine) and total points (31) in the win over Northwood along with registering the school's second-most shots ever in a single outing with 45.

Sophomore forward Tammy Unsworth (White Lake/Walled Lake Northern) made her mark on the record book with a school-record five individual goals. She also added an assist for a school-record 11 total points in the contest. Unsworth was honored with this week's (Sept. 18) GLIAC Player of the Week honor for her performance.

Junior forward Heather O'Keefe (Ada/Forest Hills Central) tallied a school-record 15 total shots in the outing versus Northwood.

The win over Northwood matched Ferris' 10-0 victory over Concordia (Mich.) in 2001 for the largest margin of victory in school history. It was also FSU's third consecutive and fourth win in its last five tries this campaign. Ferris improved to 3-4-1 all-time versus Northwood with the victory.

Excluding two goalkeepers who played, 10 of the other 13 Bulldog players who saw action versus Northwood had either a goal or an assist in the match.

Junior midfielder Kristie Smilanich (Kalamazoo/Christian) presently has totaled a team-high 23 points and 10 goals this season. Smilanich presently ranks second among the GLIAC's overall leaders this season in both goals (10) and points per game (3.29 ppg) following this past weekend's action.

Senior goalkeeper Carla Gilbertson (Waunakee, Wis.) has 294 saves to date and is 18 away from matching Alana Dombrowski's school-record total of 312 saves. Gilbertson's 30 career wins in net represent the highest figure in school history.

Kristie Smilanich's 51 career points presently ranks fourth all-time among Ferris State's career leaders. Her 19 career goals to date currently ranks fifth and is one away from matching Jen Gaylor's fourth-place total of 20 markers. Smilanich has 13 career assists to date, which ranks third in FSU history.

Smilanich's 23 total points to date this year represents the program's sixth-best seasonal performance to date. The 5-6 Smilanich currently has notched 10 goals this season, which is ranked tied for fifth place on the school's single-season goal scoring list. Both her current points (3.29) and goals (1.43) per game averages this campaign represent the highest single-season figures in Bulldog history.

Tammy Unsworth is listed tied for eighth place in points (21) and tied for ninth place in goals (9) among the school's single-season leaders to date.

Neathan Gibson is serving this season as Ferris' interim head coach. Gibson, who has a wide array of various coaching and playing experience at the international level, will serve until the conclusion of the fall season when a nationwide search for a permanent replacement will begin.

The Bulldogs will visit Hope Wednesday, Sept. 20, for a 4 p.m. (EDT) non-league encounter at Holland, Mich. Wednesday's meeting will mark the first-ever series' contest between the two programs. The Flying Dutch are presently 1-4-1 overall this season under head coach Leigh Sears after posting a school-record 18 overall wins in 2005.

Following Wednesday's tilt at Hope, the Bulldogs return home to host a pair of league matches this weekend. FSU hosts Northern Michigan Friday, Sept. 22, at 4 p.m. (EDT) before squaring off against Findlay Sunday, Sept. 24, in a 12 p.m. (EDT) home encounter.

The Bulldogs suffered a 2-1 setback at Northern Michigan last season (10/1). Ferris presently holds a 3-4 all-time mark against NMU, but had posted three consecutive series' victories prior to last campaign. NMU is 8-1 overall and 1-1 in league play to date this season entering Friday's contest.

FSU's all-time series with Findlay is tied at 3-3-1 overall entering Sunday's tilt. The Bulldogs won last season's (10/16) meeting 4-0 in overtime at Findlay, Ohio, and have currently won three-straight series' matchups against the Oilers. Findlay holds a current 1-6 overall record and an 0-1 GLIAC slate this year. The Oilers will host Ohio Dominican for a non-conference match Wednesday (Sept. 20) prior to meeting the Bulldogs.